In the world of comedy, few burned as bright for as short a period of time as Bill Hicks. The nihilistic, chain smoking, foul mouthed prophet from Valdosta, Georgia was a god amongst fans of stand-up in the 80s and early 90s, and were heartbroken when pancreatic cancer took him in early 1994, at the age of only 32.
Like Andy Kaufman before him, his legend has only grown since then, particularly considering that his act was more or less adopted by another, ultimately more successful comedian in the wake of Hicks’ death. There have been several documentaries that have chronicled Hicks’ all too short life, including 2011’s excellent American: The Bill Hicks Story, but now he’s getting the full biopic treatment courtesy of one of America’s greatest filmmakers.
According to Variety, Richard Linklater (Dazed & Confused, Boyhood) will write and direct a film about Hicks for Focus Features. Normally I’d say, expect the standard biopic treatment, but if you’ve seen Linklater’s last biopic, Bernie, you’ll know that he never really does things in the obvious way. I wouldn’t be surprised to find him using contemporaries of Hicks’ in the comedy world to tell stories about him, similar to the way he used the townsfolk in Bernie.
Either way, this feels like a perfect match between director and subject, and I can’t wait for Hicks to finally get his due on the big screen. Now the question becomes, who do they cast? Chandler Riggs is from Atlanta and has the accent for it. He’s one possibility. Who do you guys want to see play Bill Hicks in the movie? Sound off in the comments section below.
Enjoy a classic Hicks set from Letterman, which was shot in 1993 but not aired until 2009
If you’ve never read Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s brilliantly hilarious novel Good Omens, you’re cheating yourself out of one of the great satires of religion in all of literature. If you’re the type that hates to read, however, Amazon Prime comes to the rescue with this live action adaptation of the book coming to the streaming platform next year.
Michael Sheen and David Tennant (channeling Bill Nighy*) star as Aziraphale, an anal retentive angel, and Crowley, a demon with a wicked sense of humor, and the two old “friends” must form an unholy alliance to prevent the end times from happening. The story has a malicious twist to it that I won’t spoil here, especially considering that the trailer doesn’t give it away.
Any fans of the book apprehensive about this adaptation will be pleased to know that Neil Gaiman wrote the adaptation himself, with the posthumous blessing of Pratchett—and will be serving as the showrunner for the series. There’s no word on whether they will fit the entire book into one season of television, or drag it out until the actual apocalypse is upon us, though I’m sure most of us would prefer the former to the latter.
Good Omens comes to Amazon Prime in the first half of 2019.
*Had they cast Nighy, the tagline of the show could’ve been The End is Nighy
Though their last film—2016’s Hail Caesar—wasn’t exactly another home run, The Coen Brothers always manage to draw interest to their films thanks to their uniqueness. The Brothers now embark on their first film for Netflix with The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, set to debut on the streaming platform in November.
Originally envisioned as a six-part miniseries, the material has been condensed into a single film following the character of Buster Scruggs (O Brother‘s Tim Blake Nelson) as he interacts with a number of supremely strange characters in their latest Western. It’s funny that my biggest gripe with Hail Caesar is that it felt like it should have been expanded into a much longer miniseries type thing as every storyline got short shrift in a two hour movie.
I can’t imagine this film, which actually began life as a miniseries, is going to overcome that same issue. However, if anyone can make it work, it’s The Coen Brothers. Check out the synopses for each segment of the film below, and tune in when The Ballad of Buster Scruggs debuts on Netflix and in select theaters on November 16.
“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”
Tim Blake Nelson (Buster Scruggs)
Willie Watson (The Kid)
This first segment finds Tim Blake Nelson playing a sharp-shooting songster.
James Franco (Cowboy)
James Franco’s wannabe bank robber gets his due and then some. And just a little bit more for good measure.
Liam Neeson (Impresario)
Harry Melling (Artist)
Lugubrious dark humour pervades the Liam Neeson starrer Meal Ticket, a gothic tale about two weary travelling performers.
“All Gold Canyon”
Tom Waits (Prospector)
Tom Waits mines a rich seam of humour.
“The Gal Who Got Rattled”
Bill Heck (Billy Knapp)
Zoe Kazan (Alice Longabaugh)
Grainger Hines (Mr. Arthur)
Zoe Kazan finds an unexpected promise of love, along with a dose of life’s cruel irony, on a wagon train across the prairies.
“The Mortal Remains”
Brendan Gleeson (Irishman)
Tyne Daly (Lady)
Jonjo O’Neill (Englishman)
Saul Rubinek (Frenchman)
Chelcie Ross (Trapper)
Ghostly laughs haunt this segment as Tyne Daly rains judgment upon a motley crew of strangers undertaking a final carriage ride.
Indie studio A24 has put out some of the best, most original films of the last few years like Ex Machina, Good Time, Moonlight, Under the Skin, The Lobster, and many more. Their horror output has been equally buzz-worthy as they’ve been the home of The Witch, Hereditary, It Comes at Night, and now the upcoming horror comedy Slice.
This flick seems to put more emphasis on the comedy than the horror, however, at least by the looks of this first trailer. First time feature director Austin Vesely has helmed several of Chance the Rapper’s videos, so it makes sense that this would mark the first jump to the big screen for both men. Also along for the ride are Paul Scheer, Hannibal Buress, Deadpool 2‘s Zazie Beetz, and Stranger Things‘ Joe Keery—aka Jean Ralphio, Jr.
Two years ago, Vesely talked about the film with Pigeons and Planes, saying the following…
“People ask me often if the film is really scary. I hope it has its moments but it’s more of a comedy for me. Tonally, I was really inspired by Twin Peaks, if that says anything,” Vesely says. “I studied Paul Thomas Anderson’s movies to figure out how to balance multiple narratives. TV shows as well, like Twin Peaks, to discover how to establish a sense of place. I guess this movie is like Magnolia with ghosts. Just kidding. Kind of.”
Hopefully that gives you some sense of what this will be like. If it’s anything like the first trailer, I’m sold. Look for Slice in theaters later this year.
This September, Showtime’s Shameless returns for its ninth season which will find the Gallagher family of Chicago reaching the 100 episode milestone all shows strive to achieve. That’s no small feat, either, considering that the UK series on which the show is based only ran for two years.
Shameless has set itself apart from the pack by endearing us to a rather rough and tumble multicultural family that hasn’t had much representation on screen before. The show has always been a beacon of progressivism without being, well, shameless about it. There are gay characters, characters in polyamorous relationships, mixed race couples, and none of it has ever been a big deal. Even better, none of them are safe from the show’s decidedly un-PC sense of humor, either.
While there’s no word on whether William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, and the rest of the cast will be back for a tenth season, it’s definitely going to be great having the Gallaghers back on the boob tube. In fact, you might even say the best thing about Shameless is that it keeps the word boob in boob tube, which is no small feat, and nothing to scoff at. Shameless returns to Showtime for season 9 on 9/9.
Ever since Christopher Nolan established a dark, gritty, realistic setting for the superhero movie, DC has had a nearly impossible time shaking that formula. However, thanks to the baby steps of Wonder Woman and the upcoming Aquaman, it appears as if the studio is ready to move into full-fledged comedy territory with next Spring’s Shazam!
Lights Out and Annabelle Creation director David F. Sandberg steps behind the camera to bring the story of Captain Marvel, er, sorry, Shazam! to life. You see in the comics, the character’s name is Captain Marvel, and “Shazam!” is merely the phrase young Billy Batson must utter to assume his superhero identity. Unfortunately, DC doesn’t own the rights to the name Captain Marvel anymore, so they’re apparently just calling the character Shazam now. Whatever, such is the world we live in.
Thankfully this trailer shows that the filmmakers see the inherent ridiculousness in the premise of a pre-teen being gifted with super powers, and plays it for all it’s worth. If I’m being honest, this looks like it could potentially be the best film that DC has produced in the post-Nolan era.
Chuck‘s Zachary Levi steps into the title role, and he seems to be nailing the notion that he’s a twelve-year-old boy trapped in a muscle man’s body. It’s also nice to see Mark Strong getting a DC do-over—following his turn as Sinestro in 2011’s Green Lantern—this time as the villainous Doctor Sivana.
I truly and sincerely hope this film lives up to the hype that’s going to ensue after this bang-up first trailer. So long as they don’t get in their own way and attempt to rework the film several weeks before it’s due in theaters—like they did with Suicide Squad and Justice League—they might actually have something here.
Shazam! is set to hit theaters on April 5, 2019, less than a month after Captain Marvel. I hope there’s no confusion amongst you comic book purists out there.
Female-driven comedies are all the rage now during the summer as studios have finally caught on to the notion that, gasp, women go to the movies too! Hot on the heels of the all-star antics of Ocean’s 8 comes The Spy Who Dumped Me, a new comedy from writer/director Susanna Fogel, who made the criminally underrated comedy Life Partners.
Mila Kunis stars as a woman who discovers that her ex-boyfriend (Justin Theroux) is actually a James Bond-esque secret agent, and winds up mixed up in a bunch of international intrigue alongside her best friend Kate McKinnon. It’s a pretty decent premise, and both Kunis and McKinnon have proven themselves adept with high concept comedies in the past, so there’s the possibility this could be an enjoyable summer popcorn flick.
Part of me almost wishes that Theroux were reprising his character from The Last Jedi, and they just went ahead and set this thing in the Star Wars universe. That would be a hoot, though it wouldn’t do anything to assuage the claims that Star Wars has an agenda beyond telling rip-roaring space yarns. Check out two more TV spots for the film below to prep for The Spy Who Dumped Me‘s release on August 3.
While he’s done a lot of garbage in his career, no one turns into a skid quite like Jason Statham. Whenever he’s involved in a film with a ridiculous premise, he rises above the material in a way that rivals only an in-his-prime Bruce Willis, and his latest flick, The Meg, looks like another solid outing from the follically challenged Brit.
Granted they’re probably not going to go to Crank levels of absurdity with this one—i.e. he probably won’t punch the mega-shark to death—but I’m more than willing to bet that this will be a film with a decent sense of humor about itself. Kind of like Piranha 3D, another late summer aquatic horror comedy from a few summers back.
On top of all of that, this flick comes to us from director Jon Turteltaub, the man behind the National Treasure movies, which are among the cheesiest and most fun adventure movies of the early aughts. Fingers crossed that this is more of the same, and if it is, don’t be surprised if it finds a sizable audience during the dog days of summer. If only we could’ve gotten Nic Cage involved as well.
The Meg opens in theaters nationwide on August 10.
If Adult Swim nailed the random ass comedy formula in the early aughts with their 11-minute cartoons, Yacht Rock pared it down to five minutes—with two exceptions—and created a legacy of comedy gold you can watch, in its entirety, in just over an hour.
Originally created for Dan Harmon’s old Channel 101, was this irreverently sardonic series of films that celebrated the smooth music wave that crested in the late 70s and early 80s, officially dubbing it Yacht Rock. Focused mostly on the countless collaborations between Michael McDonald (J.D. Ryznar) and Kenny Loggins (Hunter Stair), the show gave us ridiculously embellished creation myths behind defining songs of the movement like The Doobie Brothers’ “What a Fool Believes,” Loggins’ “This is It,” Toto’s “Rosanna,” and even Michael Jackson’s smoothest song, “Human Nature.”
The whole show gets a veneer of respectability thanks to bookend segments on every episode from music critic and historian “Hollywood” Steve Huey, who has a journey of his own over the course of the series. Huey goes from bemused narrator in the first two episodes to full-on homeless woman murderer by episode five. It’s a thoroughly satisfying bit of absurdist comedy that somehow never loses steam.
Huey guides the viewer through several stages of Yacht Rock like the day it lost its innocence in a back alley songwriting contest that pits Loggins & McDonald against Daryl Hall (Wade Randolph) and a raging, alpha male take on John Oates (Drew Hancock)…
As the series went on, it began expanding the world a bit, setting the stage for other acts like Steely Dan, Toto, Steve Perry (Abed Gheith), Michael Jackson (DeMorge Brown), Eddie Van Halen (Tyler Spiers), and even Vincent Price (James Adomian) to show up for a seance in episode five…
Episode six takes a hard turn into a weird, Jethro Tull story that doesn’t make much sense to me, but some people love it…
By episode seven, they regrouped and jumped forward in time to show Michael McDonald’s reaction to Warren G (Mehran Heard) and Nate Dogg (Anthony Stitt) sampling his song “I Keep Forgettin‘” in their smash hit “Regulate.”
Hall & Oates are back for the next episode—which also brings back fictional Yacht Rock pioneer Koko Goldstein (David B. Lyons)—though the episode plays as something of a bizarre origin story for evil record producer Gene Balboa (Dan Sachoff)…
The show was now something of a phenomenon, leading to bigger guest stars like “Cleveland” Drew Carey in episode 9…
Though it meets with its first ending in the very next episode, a curious diversion about a perceived fued between Steeley Dan’s Donald Fagen (Myke Chilian) and Walt Becker (Todd Bishop), and Eagles members Don Henley (John Kyle Grady) and Glenn Frey (Ford Austin)…
The creation of a weekly five minute short had left the creators feeling exhausted, but after a hiatus, two more episodes were launched that are as star-studded as the series gets. Episode 11 concerns the creation of the theme song for Footloose, but is really just a takedown of Jimmy Buffet (Vatche Panos) and his fan base, featuring cameos by Wyatt Cenac as James Ingraham and Jason Lee as Kevin Bacon…
The official final episode of the show, Episode 12, starts with Dan Aykroyd (Kyle Reiter) stealing McDonald’s invitation to “We Are the World” and culminates in a space battle involving McDonald, Loggins, Giorgio Moroder (John S. Konesky), and McDonald’s hit song “Sweet Freedom” from the Running Scared soundtrack. Keep your eyes peeled for lots of fan favorites returning for the “We Are the World” segment…
There’s honestly so much goodness packed into every episode, I couldn’t list everything great about them if I tried. If you enjoyed this, the four main guys—Ryznar, Stair, Lyons, and Huey—host a podcast called Beyond Yacht Rock where they invent musical genres and countdown the best songs in that genre. They also rank songs from the Yacht Rock era on what they’ve dubbed “The Yachtski Scale.” It’s a pretty great time.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the world of Yacht Rock and that you’re now a fan for life. Sound off with some of your favorite quotes in the comments section below like, “Get your dick out of your heart,” or “You’re a fuckin’ loser, Cetera,” something I regularly say when one of his songs pops up in my life.
2014’s The LEGO Movie was not only a surprise smash hit, it was also one of the most innovative, off-kilter, and hilarious animated movies in years. It’s gonna be a tough act to follow, no matter the sequel’s concept, but I have to give the filmmakers of The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part credit for this much… they’re not just doing the first movie over again.
Sequels have become more and more episodic, high on character, low on concept of any sort. Sequels are no longer places to try something new, so I have to give the team behind this flick a slight bow of respect. I enjoyed The LEGO Batman Movie, but nowhere near as much as The LEGO Movie, and The LEGO Ninjago Movie… even less so.
Still, I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt here and assume that they’re going to push the story forward rather than just give us another ninety minutes to hang out with these characters. I do love that their main antagonist appears to be a minidoll—a controversial subset of minifigures that appear almost exclusively in sets aimed at girls. It’s a nice bit of catering to the fans.
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part hits theaters on February 8, 2019, and will hopefully have a nice, long run throughout the month the same way the first film did.
One of last year’s funniest films, Girls Trip introduced many of us to Tiffany Haddish, who is re-teaming with that film’s director for the upcoming Kevin Hart vehicle Night School. It’s not the most original premise for a film, and its six credited writers lead me to believe this one’s going to be something of a mess, but don’t discount the winning combination of Hart and Haddish.
Hart decides he wants his GED and so he enrolls in night classes taught by Haddish and also attended by a wackadoodle group of character actors including Rob Riggle, Romany Malco, and Mary Lynn Rajskub. Former SNL’er Taran Killam is also on hand, as is Jean-Ralphio from Parks & Rec.
I suppose that even with a mediocre script, that seems to be a group of people who could make just about anything funny. Let’s hope they manage to squeeze some laughs in between the hackneyed set-pieces like a boxing match and a late-night theft.
At the same time, Hart is coming off the biggest film of his career—and arguably his best performance—in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, so he’s probably got enough juice to get above average productions going, rather than just settling for pat formulaic films like Ride Along. Night School opens September 28.
The world of telemarketing requires a great number of skills, but the most important among them—according to the new comedy Sorry to Bother You, anyway—is how white you sound. Lakeith Stanfield (Get Out) plays a guy with a really good white guy voice—so good, in fact, it actually belongs to David Cross (Arrested Development)—who quickly rises through the ranks at his company.
The film marks the writing and directing debut of musician Boots Riley, who partnered with several producers for the film, including Forest Whitaker. The film also has a stacked supporting cast including Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnarok), Danny Glover (Gone Fishin’), Terry Crews (Deadpool 2), Armie Hammer (Call Me By Your Name), and the voices of Cross, Steve Buscemi (The Death of Stalin), and Patton Oswalt (Ratatouille), three of the whitest sounding men alive, apparently.
It looks like a pretty damn funny flick, and with a cast that good, it seems to hard to pass up. Comedy has always been a great way for us to deal with social issues, and this feels like it’s got plenty of both. Sorry to Bother You hits theaters on July 6, the same day as Ant-Man and the Wasp, so choose carefully, I guess.
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